Maryborough’s Cam McClure has always bled green and gold, but now he wears it too.
An Australian national uniform now sits in McClure’s cupboard, primed and ready for the 2020 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup should disaster strike.
McClure was picked just outside of the 15 as an emergency player for the side, which is currently on its way to South Africa, after a cracking performance for Victoria Country at the Cricket Australia under 19s National Championships in Perth last month.
The emergency selection in a national side was the cherry on top of a whirlwind few months for the 18-year-old fast bowler, and while he hopes no one will get hurt — McClure said he is “raring to go” if the worst does happen.
The Perth nationals opened a lot of doors for McClure, including state level cricket, the chance to play on the WACA, international selection and playing at Metricon Stadium in Queensland as part of an exhibition match to showcase Australia’s best young cricketers.
McClure admitted that a lot of things he thought would take years to achieve have happened in the last few months.
“It felt like it was so far away, it’s been a big few months that’s for sure,” he said.
“This time two months ago I didn’t even know if I’d get into a state side and now I’m wearing national colours so it’s been pretty unreal.
“It was an honour to play for Victoria and to get the opportunity as a bottom age player, I was pretty grateful.
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